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Maximal visualization-enhancement of latent fingermarks on polymer banknotes using columnar thin films
preprintposted on 2023-07-18, 16:00 authored by Muhammad Faryad, Akhlesh Lakhtakia
Polymer banknotes are being increasingly adopted to replace older banknotes. Since banknotes are forensically important substrates for fingermark detection and identification, we present a single-step process to enhance the visualization of fingermarks on banknotes using columnar thin films (CTFs) of nickel. This single-step vacuum technique enhances the quality grade of fingermarks maximally, whether the fingermarks are aged for one or seven days before CTF deposition. This work represents progress over currently available sequences of diverse techniques for enhancing fingermarks on polymer banknotes.